Meditation when regularly practiced begins to change the way your brain works and is scientifically proven to create new synapses in the brain. Practicing mindfulness techniques fine-tunes your inner instrument of discernment, right thinking and intuition. It is like weight-lifting for the brain. It's a way to strengthen your natural capacity to be very present to what is actually going on in your body, with your moods and your experience of the moment.
During a recent lunchtime seminar at the Design Exchange, Certified Personal Coach and Yoga Teacher Josie Smith of Toronto Athletic Club introduced a room full of participants to the benefits of this important practice and different ways to approach meditation in everyday life.
So why is becoming aware, present and mindful valuable? For many reasons! One of the most significant is as one becomes present 'moment to moment', they have the capacity to step out of the story line and not be emotionally hijacked by situations.
It is OUR judgement and emotional reaction to things that causes us suffering .... NOT the thing itself.
Connects you to a greater wealth of self-understanding
Affects the depth of your relationships
Impacts your level of satisfaction at work
Overall, a deeper experience of fulfillment
Josie Smith has been teaching yoga and meditation for the last decade and helps new and experience meditators alike learn guided techniques that can be used at anytime in daily life. Here are two techniques Josie shared during the Learn@Lunch session:
10 Deep Breaths
-Start by sitting upright in your chair, feet firmly on the ground, or lying on the floor.
-Begin to bring your awareness to the experience of breath entering through the nose, notice each and every detail as the breath expands your lungs and moves down to the pit of your stomach.
-Pause, then exhale all the air out, noticing the experience of breath exiting your nose warm releasing??
-Repeat with total mental awareness on your breath.
-As thoughts arise, guide your awareness back to your breathing without judgements.
-Sitting in a chair or lying on the floor, bring your awareness to your toes, feet, heels, ankles, calves, knees and so on .... all the way up your body.
-Take a few moments with each body part to become fully aware and command the body part to relax mentally 3 times.
ie: Relax feet - relax feet - relax feet.
-Complete with 5-10 minutes of stillness.
-As thoughts arise in your mind, let go of judgements and expectations.
To learn more about Meditation and our full list of Learn@Lunch Seminars, please contact Cambridge Group of Clubs VP Corporate Health, Nancy Sawler at firstname.lastname@example.org